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Interpreting (INTR)

101:
Introduction to Interpreting (3-3-0)
Role, ethics, and etiquette of interpreters with emphasis on history, terminology, skills, settings, and special communication techniques.
102:
Professional Ethics and Interpreting (3-3-0)
Role and scope of interpretation in various community settings. Explores the code of ethics of the National Registry of Interpreters for the deaf, legal issues, American with Disabilities Act, and the Louisiana Interpreter Law.
103:
American Sign Language I (3-3-0)
An elementary course in American Sign Language (ASL) using a natural language approach to introduce culturally appropriate signed concepts related to the immediate environment. Common communicative events and interactions are utilized to acquire a basic working vocabulary and grammar, including development of appropriate linguistic/cultural behaviors and awareness of respect for deaf culture. Receptive and expressive skills are fostered through interactive ASL lessons without voice.
104:
American Sign Language II (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in INTR 103 or equivalent course.
Development of expressive and receptive skills. Emphasis upon whole word and phrase recognition and reading of fingerspelling and numbering embedded in signed sentences.
105:
Fingerspelling and Numbers (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in INTR 103 or equivalent course.
Development of expressive and receptive skills. Emphasis upon whole word and phrase recognition and reading of fingerspelling and numbering embedded in signed sentences.
106:
Psycho-Social Aspects of Deafness (3-3-0)
An interdisciplinary study of American Deaf Culture and the factors that contribute to defining the deaf community as a cultural minority, focusing on awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and preservation of language. The course covers the cultural identity, group norms, and rules of social interaction, values, and traditions held by members who are deaf. Societal attitudes regarding deafness and issues such as cultural oppression and language power by the majority, and works of art made by the Deaf community will be explored. The impact of modern technology, emerging issues, and trends will also be explored.
201:
Interpreting I (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in INTR 103 and INTR 104
Overview of various manually coded English systems and American Sign Language as they relate to client choice and settings.
202:
Interpreting II (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in INTR 201
Sign to voice interpreting with emphasis on analyzing American Sign Language texts for voiced interpretation into English.

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